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This beautiful and inspiring book tells the stories of 80 birds around the world: from the Sociable Weaver Bird in Namibia which constructs huge, multi-nest 'apartment blocks' in the desert, to the Bar-headed Goose of China, one of the highest-flying migrants which crosses the Himalayas twice a year.
Many birds come steeped in folklore and myth, some are national emblems and a few have inspired scientific revelation or daring conservation projects. Each has a story to tell that sheds a light on our relationship with the natural world and reveals just how deeply birds matter to us.
About the Author
Mike Unwin is an award-winning writer of popular natural history books for adults and children. He writes for ,i>The Daily Telegraph, The Times, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa, as well as the RSPB and WWF. Also a widely published photographer, his travels have taken him to every continent in search of its birds and other wildlife.
"Rather than compiling an exhaustive bird identification guide, conservationist Unwin focuses here on 80 species, selected for their visual impact, unique abilities, cultural importance, and rarity... Miyake’s charming illustrations are crucial and add enjoyment." - Library Journal
"Unwin’s evocative prose is a perfect match for the vivid illustrations. This will be a hit with birdwatchers of all stripes." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Around the World in 80 Birds by Mike Unwin and illustrated by Ryuto Miyake is a gorgeous and informative book featuring 80 birds from across the globe." - Out Traveler
"Fascinating and informative, this text will appeal to lay readers and bird enthusiasts alike." - Booklist